An investigation into the techniques and devices of contemporary jazz guitar
This project investigates the techniques and devices of contemporary jazz guitar stylists Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Julian Lage and Jesse Van Ruller. Chris is supervised by Dr Paul Newland and Malcolm Miles.
Earth music: exploring ways to integrate experiences of physical natural environments and their materialities with composition practices.
Amy's research explores ways to musicalise physical experiences of naturally occurring materialities, phenomena, and environments through the practice of music composition. Amy is supervised by Prof Julian Philips, Dr Hollie Harding and Nell Catchpole.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Coaching as an intervention for psychological wellbeing and performance anxiety?
Jo is researching REBC as a means to equip conservatoire music students with the psychological skills to enable them to respond positively to the challenges they face. Jo is supervised by Dr Karen Wise and Jane Cook.
Jo holds the post of Performance Confidence Associate and was formerly Deputy Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion.
Exploring Romanticism: A Portfolio of Original Music Compositions
What does it mean to write piano sonatas in the 21st century? How does a composer today find a personal response to a canonical artefact? Matthew is supervised by Prof Julian Anderson, Dr Laurence Crane, and Rolf Hind.
Matthew is a member of teaching staff in the Composition department.
The use of Vaccai's 'metodo pratico' as a dialogic tool in vocal pedagogy: towards a new edition
This project examines how a tradition and an aesthetic such as that of bel canto is passed on in studio pedagogy. Amy is supervised by Dr Karen Wise.
The disappearing boundary: A study on Chinese influences in Western piano compositions
Ke is researching the adoption of Chinese elements by Western composers in their compositions. Ke is supervised by Prof Ronan O'Hora and Rolf Hind.
Composing in the uncanny valley
William is researching how concepts and thories of the uncanny may be of use to composers in their practice. William is supervised by Dr Richard Baker and Dr Laurence Crane.
If You Build It, They Will Come: New Approaches To Concert Production For The 21st Century
This project seeks to addresse issues in classical engagement, including scale, content, and presentation through a series of multi-modal concerts. Jon is supervised by Dr Richard Baker and Dr Toby Young.
The Viola Sings: How Open Mics Can Inform the Development of ‘Arts Without Boundaries’
Sarah is investigating collaborative performance platforms that reframe borders between artists and audiences. Sarah is supervised by Dr Paul Newland and Sean Gregory.
How might we ‘feminize’ actor training in the post-Grotowskian tradition
Anna-Helena's project navigates identity, authority, gender and interpretation in post-Grotowskian performer training. Anna-Helena is supervised by Prof Andy Lavender.
Bridging the bonds: can the care home become an active part of the local community through intergenerational music-making?
Liv is exploring community music as a musical-social-spatial practice in the context of care homes. Liv is supervised by Prof John Sloboda and Dr Jo Gibson.
Stealing and Stretching: The manipulation of time perception in contemporary performance practice as a composition technique
Sean is exploring how polyrhythmic, polymetric and polytemporal forms contribute to the development of the musical narrative. Sean is supervised by Dr Richard Baker and Dr Steve Potter.
Musical Performance in the Age of Live Music Recordings
Tatjana is investigating musicians’ perceptions of live-streaming in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tatjana is supervised by Prof Cormac Newark, Dr Sarah Fuchs and Jacqueline Ross.
Unlocking experiences of hormonal contraception through performance practice
Katie is researching how performance practice can unearth and disseminate the ‘healthy patient’ experiences of women taking hormonal contraception/HRT. Katie is supervised by Dr Karen Wise, and Dr Alex Mermikides.
Locating Brazilian music within Contemporary Jazz Performance Practice
This project examines the convergence of jazz and Brazilian music and contemporary approaches to performing, arranging and improvising. Ed is supervised by Prof Julian Anderson, and Adam Osmianski.
Towards a Discursive Voice: Composing Electronic Music With Text
This project is concerned with devising new compositional methods for electroacoustic music that critically engage with the aesthetics of immersion. Seth is supervised by Prof Nye Parry and Dr Steve Potter.
The Poetic Body in Visual Theatre: Co devising the lived experience of trauma
Mayra is investigating the impact of co-devising with people who have experienced PTSD.
Iranian Opera, Phoenix Rising: The role of the collaborative and international Librettist
This project explores opera making and writing in Iran through the lens of the role of the librettist. Nazli is supervised by Prof Cormac Newark and Stephen Plaice.
Those who can, teach! A critical insight into current vocational teaching practices.
This project explores vocational pedagogy in higher education and how educational providers might respond to to changing student need. Andy is supervised by Dr Biranda Ford.
Andy is Head of Theatre Technology and Programme Leader on the BA Digital Design & Production.
Teachers performing care: creating a framework of performance theory and practice for analysing caregiving in teaching practice and supporting the teacher-carer
Christina is exploring performative modes of understanding caregiving in teaching and the practical possibilities for artistic explorations of care in schools. Christina is supervised by Dr Biranda Ford and Dr Alex Mermikides.
Music Education Training, Social Justice and the ‘Class Ceiling’
This project examines how training in music conservatoires can most effectively support transformational change in young, underprivileged, lives. Jonathan is supervised by Prof John Sloboda.